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After school signups

Even under COVID precautions, Gordon continues to be committed to providing families with safe, well-supervised, engaging options for all ages that begin at 7:15am and continue to 5:30pm.

Before school and after school care are available through the Gators and YAP (Young Adult Place) programs. 

Other programs that have historically happened after school, like athletics, theater, Common Ground, music lessons and more, have continued. 

In order to plan safe, productive, joyful experiences for students after school, we need stable rosters for our in-person after school programs.

Winter 2021-2022 at a glance

Gators and YAP care 
for all students, daily, through 5:30pm
November 30th to March 11th
 

Music lessons
flexible scheduling, arrange directly with the teacher
details and contact information at www.gordonschool.org/musiclessons
Gators and YAP care is available free of charge before lessons, arrange by reaching out to Ms. Alario at jalario@gordonschool.org

Fourth grade musical
fourth graders, Monday and Wednesday, through 5:30pm
January 3rd until late February or early March
Gators care is available for fourth grade, Mondays and Wednesdays from November 30th to December 16th, but you must register by November 18th

Fifth grade basketball
Wednesdays through 4:15pm and Fridays through 3:15pm
January 3rd until February 18th
See www.gordonschool.org/basketball for all the details
Gap YAP care is available for fifth grade, Wednesdays and Fridays from November 30th to December 16th, but you must register by November 18th

Sixth, seventh and eighth grade basketball
November 30th until February 24th, Monday to Thursday, through 5:30pm
See www.gordonschool.org/basketball for all the details

Middle School tennis
fifth to eighth grade, Fridays through 3:30pm
January 7th to March 4th
Gap YAP care is available for tennis players on Fridays from November 30th to December 16th, but you must register by November 18th

The deadline to register was November 18th

Review your registration at www.gordonschool.org/gators
 
Music lessons should be booked directly using the contact information at www.gordonschool.org/musiclessons
 

And in March...
The musical, basketball and tennis will not run all the way through March break and the end of the season. Gap YAP and Gators care will be available to students who preregister; details will follow later in the winter.

Gators and YAP daily care

Gators and YAP provide care for students from 7:15am to the start of the school day and from dismissal to 5:30pm every day that school is in session.

Care before school

Early Gators and YAP is available every morning between 7:15 and 7:55am. To allow staff to safely dismiss these students to their classrooms, students cannot be dropped off to Early Gators after 7:55am. If a family arrives after 7:55am, they will need to wait until 8am—when classrooms, outdoor entrances, and pathways are supervised—to drop off their child.

Care after school

Students and their families can expect to be fully engaged in hands-on activities--indoors and outdoors--every afternoon in Gators. 

New, more flexible guidelines this fall will allow our after school team to offer more specialty programming as part of every day Gators care! 

In addition to free play on Gordon's playgrounds and other outdoor spaces that are perfect for running around, nature walks, and exploration, students can participate in a variety of activities each week, led by talented and experienced Gators and YAP staff:

Early Childhood

Storytelling: A wide variety of children’s storybooks and tales will be shared with students, and they’ll also have the opportunity to create their own stories and characters. 

Alphabet art: Practice the alphabet while creating beautiful projects together!

Big builds: Students will use blocks, LEGOs, repurposed and other materials to build and design together.

Choice: Students will choose from different play-based activities and toys. 

Coloring: This favorite center will be a daily option for students to explore color and creativity.

All about animals: Students can learn about all kinds of creatures through stories, projects, and other activities. 


Lower School: 

Design Studio: Using a variety of materials, students will design and build large and small creations together in small groups and individually.

Let’s Get Crafty!: Discover your inner artist while working with a variety of mediums. Drawing, painting, jewelry making, repurposed art and more will be included for students to learn and explore. 

Book Nook: Join us in the Book Nook, where we’ll carve out time each week for reading. Students will have the opportunity to read independently or form book clubs around new or favorite books. 

Choice: Students can voice their opinions by suggesting games and activities and choose what they’d like to do. 

Board Game Free Play: Enter into some friendly competition with your classmates with our wide selection of games. 

Story Building: Let’s create together! We’ll map out our ideas and characters on storyboards and put it all together into different mediums stories to act out, write about, or bring to life in comic strips. 


Middle School

YAP offers students in fifth to eighth grades a quiet, supervised study hall each afternoon. Students will be organized by grade level, and seventh and eighth grades can be grouped together, working independently or in small groups. Students in YAP also have the opportunity to spend time outdoors or in the field house as availability and staffing allow. 

Music lessons

This year, after school music lessons can be offered on campus and in-person once again!

Instructors are ready to teach drums, flute, bassoon, piano, recorder, ukulele, fiddle, violin, guitar, saxophone, clarinet, voice, trumpet, banjo, harmonica, bass and music theory.

Details on scheduling lessons are at www.gordonschool.org/musiclessons

 

Middle School athletics

This year, Gordon's Middle School is once again offering a Monday to Thursday competitive, interscholastic athletic program. Every student who wants to participate is guaranteed a chance to play, and the values of inclusivity, sportsmanship and teamwork will, as always, be front-and-center.

The basics

This winter, Middle School students may participate in basketball and tennis.
 
Basketball details are at www.gordonschool.org/basketball
 
Tennis will also begin after winter break. It will run from January 7th to March 4th. The cost is $240.

All activities are open to all genders.

Athletes will need to fill out and return this form before the season begins.

The fourth grade musical

All fourth graders are welcomed to audition, and all will be cast. The work will be creative, child-centered, and celebrated. The goal is to perform in person, but we have our new filmmaking skills to rely on, if necessary!

The production runs from January 3rd until performances in late February or early March.

Rehearsals will be Monday and Wednesday from dismissal to 5:30pm.

Any questions? Email Milly Massey at mmassey@gordonschool.org
 

G-Notes

The G-Notes a cappella group will continue this year, led by Mr. Vélez. Anyone entering seventh or eighth grade who is willing to commit the extra time to meet the challenges of this style of singing is welcome to audition; students who have been part of the group do not need to re-audition.

G Notes meet twice a week: once during the school day and once on Friday afternoons from 2:00-3:00pm. There may be additional rehearsal time as needed and as the schedule evolves. 

Affinity groups and clubs

Gordon has a number of affinity groups and interest groups for students, including Common Ground, Latinos Unidos for Latinx students, two programs for students who speak Spanish at home, and a Gender and Sexuality Alliance for LGBTQ students and allies. 

The Middle School meetings of these popular programs will not be happening in the 3:20 to 5:00 time slot, in order to allow students to participate in them and do athletics as well.

Heritage Language, for Early Childhood and Lower School students who speak Spanish at home, will meet during the school day.

Tuesday Common Ground does not meet in the winter, but will resume after spring break.